More and more, the Internet and the Web have become the main way people stay informed and current on news and health information; keep in touch with friends and family; and provide independence such as convenient shopping etc. Furthermore everyday physical objects are being connected to the Internet and have Web interfaces. People who cannot use these interfaces will have an increased feeling of having a disability and of being alienated from society. (W3C 2015)
At the moment, even people with only a mild cognitive disability or decline may find standard applications impossible to use. As our population is aging it’s important to the economy and society that people with mild and moderate levels of disability stay as active as possible, and participate in society for as long as possible.
The First Public Working Draft of Cognitive Accessibility User Research is available at: http://www.w3.org/TR/coga-user-research
This planned W3C Working Group Note describes the challenges of using web technologies for people with learning disabilities or cognitive disabilities. This document provides a basis for subsequent work to identify gaps in current technologies, suggest strategies to improve accessibility for these user groups, and develop guidance and techniques for web authors.
Anyone with an interest, is invited to review this draft for accuracy and completeness, as well as understandability and comment and consider how your technologies and work may be affected by these issues.